Evidence is gathering that cardiac rehabilitation is a significant factor in the stabilisation of heart failure and unfortunately there are many of us who aren’t good at it. That includes patients, the NHS, local government and other health providers. There is no magic wand to this so we decided to help with producing a booklet that helps facilitate physical movement leading onto exercise. The booklet alone won’t do the work but it will highlight the wide variety of programmes and courses available to Heart Failure patients in the East Lancashire area where people get accustomed to the fact that exercise doesn’t have to mean the GYM; it is social interaction, it’s about having a laugh and a joke and who could think of anything better than that as well as being good for you!
We really wish we had the resources to pull this together for all Heart Failure patients but we don’t, however we are unsure what the future holds so we will have to wait and see.
Telehealth in Blackburn and DarwenTwo hundred people in Blackburn with Darwen could soon receive new Telehealth Units to help them stay at home longer. Blackburn with Darwen Council and NHS Blackburn with Darwen have invested £500,000 on technology which will promote self-management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Heart Failure.
Telehealth units will be tailored to the patients needs, for example, a sensor can be put in an oven to alert a central unit if an appliance has been left on for too long, or someone who forgets to take medication can be reminded by an alarm linked to medical staff.
East Lancashire Cardiology Conference
A good night was had by all at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel in the Pendle Suite when the Cardiology Consultants from East Lancashire led by Dr Ravi Singh discussed the latest developments in Cardiology to GP‘s and their practices across the East Lancs area which includes Burnley and Pendel, Rossendale, Ribble Valley, Hyndburn and the Blackburn and Darwen areas. Key note speeches were delivered By Dr Kanarath Balachandran, Dr Emily Ho, Dr John McDonald and Dr Ravi Singh.